The old ones, the hackneyed and the easy
Recent threads have talked about ‘Forbidden’ or ‘No No’ tunes, and also what makes something like Drowsy Maggie so apparently popular.
So, I picked up my whistle and decided I’d play some of those ‘No No’ tunes. I played Drowsy Maggie, Donnybrook Fair and the Irish Washerwoman.
Two things strike me:
1 They’re *still* really fun tunes. I hadn’t played them for ages, and *never* on whistle. And I really enjoyed them.
2 They’re SO-O-O-O easy.
Now, I have only started trying to play whistle (in any serious way) since last summer, so I’m definitely a learner - a ‘beginner’ in fact - on that instrument. And, even for me, these tunes are dead easy to play.
I think it’s this easiness that lies behind both the popularity of these tunes and also the groans from *slightly* more experienced players - you know, the people who have mastered the basics and want to play something a bit trickier. People who are not interested in the tunes, in other words.